The Academy NYLA celebrates every dancer's differences. Everyone moves and learns differently, so let's foster that!
We take a holistic approach to dance training, focusing on values of body positivity and healthy self esteem and safe, effective physical training. We offer Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Acro, and Lyrical, private lessons and group classes for ages 5 and up in West Hollywood and Santa Monica. We take shame and comparison out of the dance training experience, helping every dancer to feel their best!
Kindness comes first
All bodies are strong and beautiful
We are all equal
We can do hard things
Mistakes are our best teachers
Challenges help us grow
Each of us is unique and that’s a good thing!
There is always something to be grateful for
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
"When I first met Michelle, I was a very, “comfortable” dancer. I was content with where I was at, simply because I was afraid to challenge myself, and step out of my little world. Then... Michelle became my Contemporary teacher. I was so nervous because I had never taken her class before, and she was so experienced. I struggled internally. I struggled a lot.Mostly because I was so comfortable with where I was at, but at the same time was very insecure and lacked confidence. As I got to know Michelle more, she kindly took me under her wing, and in the process, my view on many things in my life changed. I admired her confidence, ingenuity, and most importantly, her ability to inspire others. I finally reached a point where I wanted more, I was hungry for change... and she gave me just that. She pushed me out of my comfort zone, and sparked a fire in me I didn’t knew I had. I was excited to try new things, and to work harder than ever before. She taught me to be confident, open-minded, and to stand out in the crowd; but most importantly to be ME.
She helped me realize I had nothing to be afraid of, I just had to take that extra step. Everything I’ve learned over the years, now plays a role in all aspects of my life. Michelle encouraged me to take that leap, and I’m grateful I did."